Halloween is coming soon. Lots of events, so I’m just gonna throw them out there as they pop up.
First off, this Saturday…in NYC.
Cyclehawk’s Blog, reports that Copenhagen’s own Martin “Banana” Larsen has won this years Markus Cook Award. This coveted trophy is given to the most inspirational and hardworking courier of the world.
This from Joe Hendry of Mess Media.
Martin is a veteran messenger who as IFBMA president, Andy Duncan, notes â€œis â€œknown for tireless hard work, organizing messenger races and pulling people together.â€ Messenger championships all over the world have benefited from his sacrifice and dedication. From Copenhagen, Oslo and New York City to Sydney, Dublin and Toronto, Martinâ€™s influence is not only upon the Championships but also the messenger community.
Through his leadership in the IFBMA, the Copenhagen Bike Messengers Association and the Toronto Bike Messenger Association, Martin has fought to improve living and working conditions for all messengers.
At much personal and financial sacrifice, he spent much of the past year in Toronto helping to organize the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships. His experience, his diligent efforts and most of all his example were a gift to the city, its cycling community and its messengers. Before Martin left six months later he laid the ground work to unite the struggling community and rebuild the cityâ€™s Bike Messenger Association.
2006 Markus Cooke winner, Kevin â€œSquidâ€ Bolger lauds Martinâ€™s work at the 2002 CMWC. â€œI was blown away with dedication and attention to detail that he exhibited in producing the main event. I asked him to show me how it worked and he gave me his completed notes and instructions in a leather binder.â€ He also â€œhelped enormously with the main event. His ideas and execution were invaluable.â€
Squid echoes the entire messenger community when he says â€œI am happy and proud to be a part of awarding the Markus Cook Award to Martin ‘Banana’ Larsen!!
The award was presented to Martin in Copenhagen Saturday during a ceremony at the Track Bike Shop. Thanks to Jumbo for arranging everything and thanks to Andy Zalan for arranging the transportation of the award.”
When I try and explain this two sided stance the city has about cycling, people often look at me like I’m some conspiracy nut who’s just told them Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 911. I mean how could a city with so much effort in making new bike lanes, setting weekend days aside with street closures and encouraging people to ride also have this negative harassment campaign to the very same bike riders they want to help, “Green” the city?
Its simple…the two departments don’t communicate and have different agendas.
The D.O.T. has made a lot of efforts to make more room for cyclists, the problem is no one has told the chief of police, Ray Kelly who continues to set up annoying sting operations and use the rank and file officers to ticket cyclists.
First it was the Queensborough Bridge, which was reported on extensively on Streetsblog. by Brad Aaron.
Now it appears to be happening on the Williamsburg Bridge.
7 days ago I heard reports of police in vans ticketing every cyclist who did not dismount when coming down the bridge on the Manhattan side. For anyone unfamiliar with the logistics, you are gaining a lot of speed on this descent and dismounting would prove to be rather difficult until you get to the bottom. Many experienced riders don’t want to waste the energy and try and just merge right into traffic. Its just a bad design in general.
Today I got reports that one police van was parked half way up the ramp in the middle of the path. This sets up a very dangerous situation, not only for the riders coming down but for those going up, towards Brooklyn.
If the police were truly concerned about people’s safety, they wouldn’t park a giant van in the middle of a steep decent.
If you have more information on what the police are up to…please let this blogger know. Video, pictures and more details would be greatly appreciated.
Alright all you track riders doing tricks like this: (from trackosaurusrex’s blog
Indianapolis Mayor, want to turn city: Bike Friendly.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Are you tired of spending money on gas driving to work and want to get some exercise?
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced plans to turn Indianapolis into a bicycle friendly city.
“Indianapolis has long been known as the Crossroads of America. Now those roads are going to include bike lanes, and we are going to embrace alternative modes of transportation,” said Mayor Ballard.
“The scene of a bikerâ€™s death has become macabre memorial â€” a lasting reminder of the mean streets that claimed his life.
Someone stenciled an outline of a splayed body at the corner of President Street and Eighth Avenue in Park Slope to pay homage to Jonathan Millstein, a 50-year-old Boerum Hill resident who died on Sept. 10 after colliding with a bus at the intersection.
The yellow and orange graffiti lists Millsteinâ€™s name, the date of his death, and a stark diagnosis: â€œKilled by bus.â€>
John Prolly also posted this great Halloween alleycat promo video from Vancouver’s own… Super Champion.
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